The phone is amazing for keeping up with email, staying in touch with family, friends and business contacts, and it’s great tool for occupying dead time. It’s even a pretty nifty worship device with apps like Planning Center Online and ProPresenter’s Remote available. What’s even better is that it’s now become our GPS for when we’re on the road.
We’ve upgraded with every incarnation of the phone, learning little valuable lessons each time we’ve upgraded. Here’s what we’ve learned:
Used iphones are worth a lot more than you’d think:
When we went from the original Edge network phone to the 3G, we sold our originals to friends for a measly $100. We had no clue that they were going for nearly the same price we originally paid in the Apple store on ebay. If your iphone is in good shape, and you still have the box, you can get $300 or more out of your used iphone. That makes the new one free with a little profit on top!
When we moved from 3G to 3Gs, we sold ours on ebay for $350 a piece. Not a bad deal!
Preorder! Preorder! Preorder! … IF YOU CAN!
We stood in line for hours last year the day the 3GS came out, only to miss getting in the door by a few people. They ordered the phone for us in the store for later pickup, but they were so backed up, we had to wait 3 or 4 days to get them in the mail. If we’d pre-ordered, they would have come in the mail the day they went on sale in stores.
If you can preorder- do it. IF is a big “IF” right now unfortunately. June 15 (the day this posting) is preorder day. The problem is AT&T and Apple are so overwhelmed by orders, neither company’s website seems to be working correctly where orders are concerned. From what we’re seeing on blogs and other news services, going in to a brick and mortar won’t be any better because they’re reliant on the sites for order processing.
If you’re impatient like we are, it’s almost torture to see screens like this every few seconds:
Who knows if the hype will die down later tonight or tomorrow, but it’s probably still worth pre-ordering and avoiding the lines. Chances are you’ll still get your phone on opening day in the mail.